Riendeau Breaks Lady Tiger 1500m Record for Second Time in Three Races
April 16, 2005
April 15, 2005
Knoxville, Tenn. - For the second time in three 1500m races this spring, sophomore Daniele Riendeau broke the Lady Tiger school record in her specialty event as she eclipsed her previous mark at the Sea Ray Relays, hosted by the University of Tennessee.
Riendeau's latest record-setting performance came in a time of 4:32.56, Friday afternoon in Knoxville, and broke the prior mark of 4:35.65, which she set three weeks ago at the LSU Tiger Relays. The Ottawa, Ontario native finished 13th in the exceptional field of 39 1500m competitors at Sea Ray.
"Daniele ran an excellent race today." said Women's Distance Coach Jonas Holdeman. "Her splits were even and she was very smart. She is exactly where we want her to be right now, and should have a solid chance at a Regional qualifying time by the end of the season."
Riendeau's current time is just under five seconds off the NCAA Regional qualifying standard of 4:27.80 seconds.
Fellow sophomore Mary Claire Dake was the only other Lady Tiger to compete at the Sea Ray Relays. The Knoxville native, who typically runs the 3000m steeplechase, competed in the 800m, finishing with a time of 2:20.91.
Becca McMahon had been scheduled to run the 800m, but was scratched due to an injury.
Riendeau, Dake and McMahon were the only U of M athletes to travel to Knoxville for the weekend. The remainder of the Memphis women's and men's squads will be in action Saturday. Lady Tiger hurdlers Josetta Brooks and Ashley Stewart will run the 400m hurdles at the Lee Calhoun Memorial Invitational, hosted by Western Illinois University, while the entire men's team and the rest of the women's team are scheduled to compete in the Jace Lacoste Invitational at Mississippi State University.
Results and recaps for both the Lee Calhoun Memorial Invitational and the Jace Lacoste Invitational will be posted at gotigersgo.com following the completion of the meets tomorrow.